from the very liberal persuasion, if i may. because that's what i am. ben nelson, he's calling it quits. i've always known him as the back stabbing democrat. he put out this video today and said this. >> it's time for me to step away from elective office, spend more time with my family, and look for new ways to serve our state and nation. simply put, it's time to move on. >> can i wave the pom-poms on that one? nelson is the seventh senate democrat to retire before the 2012 election. he harry reid might have a hard time finding a good democrat in nebraska. i'll talk about that in a moment. but it would be really hard to find a worse democrat. these are the facts. in nelson's 12 years in the senate, he voted for the bush tax cuts, the iraq war, and big pharma. in 2003, nelson was the deciding vote on the second round of the bush tax cuts. how'd they work out? in return what did nebraska get?